Reynolds announces latest wave of business closures

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Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation Monday, continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and ordering additional closures to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation Monday, continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and ordering additional closures to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

The proclamation also called on law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of the virus mitigation efforts. Reynolds discussed the new proclamation at her 11 a.m. press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston.

To encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, the proclamation ordered additional closures beginning Tuesday, April 7 at 8 a.m. and lasting until Thursday, April 30 in the following gathering places:

  • Shopping malls
  • Tobacco or vaping stores
  • Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie or adult entertainment stores
  • Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses
  • Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades and amusement parks
  • Museums, libraries, aquariums and zoos
  • Race tracks and speedway
  • Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks
  • Outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers
  • Campgrounds

In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited.

The following establishments and behaviors were prohibited in Reynolds’ prior orders:

  • Mass gatherings as outlined in the full proclamation
  • Restaurants and bars limited to carry out
  • Fitness centers
  • Swimming pools
  • Salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring and pedicuring, all as defined in Iowa Code § 157.1
  • Medical spas
  • Barbershops
  • Tattoo establishments
  • Tanning facilities
  • Massage therapy establishments
  • Theaters and all other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown
  • Casinos and gaming facilities
  • Other nonessential retail establishments as outlined in the proclamation: Bookstores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic, beauty or perfume stores, florists, and furniture and home furnishing stores. These establishments may still serve the public through online or telephone sales, delivery or curb-side pick-up. This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies and household goods.
  • Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities
  • Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions and fundraisers
  • Livestock auctions of food animals with more than 25 people and all other auctions with more than 10 people

The World Health Organization (WHO)declared the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus a global health emergency Jan. 30. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a national public health emergency Jan. 31. The WHO declared the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus a a global pandemic March 11. Reynolds declared a public health disaster emergency March 17 and announced the first wave of closures.

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